"Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection. Remember all whom we lost."
Hours before his inauguration, Joe Biden honored the more than 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 as he prepared to take the oath of office and start his presidency in the midst of a pandemic.
The first hundred days of an administration are seen as setting the tone for the rest of the term.
In his first hundred days, Biden is preparing a 1.9 trillion dollar COVID-19 relief package that includes direct payments to families, a ramping up of the production and distribution of vaccines and the reopening of schools.
Also, he's expected to push for an eight-year path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. a sharp reversal from the Trump administration's efforts to stop their legalization.
Though the Democrats control the House of Representatives, these bills could face hurdles in the Senate, divided evenly between Democrats and Republicans.
In addition to legislation, a number of executive orders are known to be in the pipeline, including an end to the so-called "Muslim Ban" and rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement.
But first, the inauguration ceremony has to be held in a U.S. capital locked down by 25-thousand National Guard troops and thousands of police to prevent security threats.
In a video posted online Tuesday, President Trump bid farewell to the nation.
"I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices because that's what you elected me to do."
The transition happens at 12 noon on January 20th with the swearing-in ceremony.
From that point on, Joe Biden will have all the powers of the presidency, including the so-called nuclear football.
With the country polarized by the past four years and the recent violent attack on the Capitol building, Biden in his inaugural address is expected to call for unity.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.